An emotional kindergarten graduation ceremony took place in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, on Sunday, in a makeshift shelter. Takata Junior High School became the venue for the graduation ceremony at which 39 graduation certificates were handed to children from the tsunami-ravaged region.
Out of the class of 53, three have been reported dead and three missing. Audible sobs filled the room as the mother of two of the missing girls collected graduation certificates on behalf of her missing daughters. The kindergarten principal addressed the class, saying tearfully, "Let's work hard for those who were lost in the disaster. We will meet them again someday."© Compiled from news reports